Planning for the Future
As Gwinnett County grows, so too does Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS). The school system proactively monitors residential development, demographic trends, and enrollment growth. These processes enable school system staff to manage existing school capacity and forecast the need for expansions of existing and construction of new schools.
Planning for the future also requires processes that ensure renewal of existing facilities and other capital investments such as technology, school buses, equipment, and other assets. Planning for the future, requires a capital plan, what GCPS refers to as “The Plan”.
“The Plan” is not a static document. A new phase of The Plan is developed every five years and includes projects and capital investments necessary to meet key strategics goals and objectives such as ensuring a safe, secure, and positive learning environments; supporting instructional and operational needs with technology systems and processes that support effective performance and desired results; and, providing necessary facilities and operations in an exemplary manner as determined by programmatic needs and best management practices. Progress regarding the execution of The Plan is shared monthly with the Board of Education and priorities of planned projects are reviewed annually as a part of the budget process.
The Plan is paid for by the “one penny” education special purpose local option sales tax (ESPLOST), bonds, and participation in the Georgia State Capital Outlay program. GCPS is currently in the process of completing an existing five-year capital plan and beginning a new five-year plan.
The Plan 2017-2022 - GCPS is nearing the completion of The Plan 2017-2022 which is funded and financed by a continuation of the E-SPLOST and a General Obligation Bond (G.O. Bond). Both measures were approved by Gwinnett County voters in November of 2015 and 2018 respectively. The Plan 2017-2022 is also supplemented by Georgia’s State Capital Outlay Program which helps fund a portion of qualified facility improvements.
The Plan 2022-27 - In November of 2020, Gwinnett County voters approved a continuation of E-SPLOST to fund The Plan 2022-2027. Facilities staff will continue to optimize the use of state capital outlay dollars to pay for a portion of planned facility investments.
Monitoring Growth and Development - To ensure Gwinnett County Public Schools is proactively planning for growth, staff works closely with our County and municipal planning departments to monitor proposed and active residential development.
E-SPLOST Accountability – In addition to monthly reports to the Board of Education regarding the progress of our building program, the GCPS E-SPLOST program is audited, and the capital budget is reviewed and published annually.